The Power of a Tranquil Mind

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Today is Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Like water, which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.  –Indra Devi

Over and over I have talked about waking up to the idea that you are Soul, a non-physical being, who is here in the physical world to learn and grow.  As we do this, come into the fulfillment of our true purpose in creation: to serve God by serving Life.  The idea is to identify as Soul while we are still in the physical body, rather than waiting until we die.  There’s a reason for this.  We are supposed to bring to bear all that we have learned from our previous lifetimes into the present lifetime, and in so doing, we can accelerate our growth exponentially.  When the majority of Souls in human form are able to do this, the world will be a different place, no doubt about it.

Tranquility is inner peace, no matter what may be going on in our outer life.  When you achieve tranquility, the problems, obstacles, difficulties, and vicissitudes of life don’t move us off our center. Not for long, anyway.  We can maintain our poise and balance, no matter what.  Problems don’t overwhelm or immobilize us.  We are not controlled by our emotions, especially the negative ones.  We are free to see our options and make our choices, and we can calmly accept the results of our choices.

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.  –James Allen

We gravitate towards those who are calm and peaceful.  People who have managed to cultivate inner peace are soothing to be around.  Their presence allows us to relax, even for a moment.   It’s no surprise that they are successful, because they don’t get in their own way.  They don’t shoot themselves in the foot.   It’s also unsurprising that they are influential, because people tend to want to be just like them.   The calm ones always seem to have their act together.  Who wouldn’t want to imitate that?

It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.   ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Marcus Aurelius lived from AD 121-180.  Even back then there were people who understood that tranquility is something that has to be cultivated on purpose by means of meditation, which is what he meant by withdrawing yourself.  When we learn to meditate and go within, we can consciously create our inner worlds.  We can build an inner sanctum that nothing and nobody can destroy.  It might be a pristine ocean beach, a lush, green meadow, a quiet forest, or a mountain retreat.  It might be a private room, with the walls painted your favorite color, lovingly decorated and furnished, with a gorgeous view from the window and a door that opens to anywhere.

There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.  ― James Carroll

When we tune out the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and tactile sensations of the physical world, we an more easily become aware of the inner worlds, and once we are there, these inner worlds begin to seem much more real to us than the physical world.  When we identify as Soul, we can have experiences in the inner worlds that allow us to make a connection between what we know, as Soul, and what we know here in this physical life.

Life can be frustrating sometimes. Take a nap, exercise, meditate or do whatever it takes to ‘reboot’ your thinking. Happiness is just a thought away!  ― Tom Giaquinto, Be A Good Human

It’s true that you can “reboot” your thinking just by cultivating tranquility.  Tom Giaquinto has the right idea.  There are a lot of ways to do this.  If you aren’t into meditation, then try quiet journaling, or just take a nap.  If activity is your thing, get on a treadmill, go for a jog, or spend some quality time in the gym.

Weather out the storm in the island of tranquility to find inner peace.” ― Ana Monnar, Express Yourself 101 for Your Eyes Only Volume 2

Oncd a way to cultivate tranquility that works for you, use it on a regular basis.  You will find that you can weather the storms of life much more easily, because you will have taken the time to create your port in a storm in advance.  🙂

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